I haven’t forgotten about my unfinished review of J.K. Rowling’s “The Casual Vacancy.” I’m on p. 448. The pace of the story is picking up as I near the end @ p. 503. It’s a wonderful book tracing an intricate web of human interactions, hypocrisy and deceit. I haven’t written another interim installment of the review (the first part is here) partly because I hardly know where to begin.
And partly because I’ve been busy with so many other projects, like trying to become a photographer and to improve this blog. Hard to believe I’ve written 12 posts on other subjects in the intervening days. Casual Vacancy, despite its length, is a book I would easily finish in two days (and enjoy more) if only I could sit down and read it straight through.
As if my to-do list isn’t long enough, I’ve just ordered “Personality: How It Forms,” by Henry Kellerman, from Amazon. Diane Rehm interviewed the author on her PBS show this morning. I found the interview unusually informative and interesting, in part because J.K. Rowling touches on so many aspects of personality in Casual Vacancy. One book leads to another. Reading will keep me busy for the rest of my life, or until my eyesight fails, whichever comes first.
Based on the Diane Rehm interview and the table of contents on Amazon, Kellerman’s book apparently explains in understandable terms not only how a child’s personality is formed; it also contains enlightening information about “anger,” and brief explanations of the 17 personality disorders. Or should that be “personality types?” I’m not sure. I’ve heard of personality disorders for a long time, but only recently begun to learn about them.
Naturally, I think I resemble several of the personality disorders. But that’s probably only my angry, narcissistic, ego talking. I’m definitely becoming obsessive about blogging.
Speaking of 17 personality disorders, I wonder if that’s only 17 that have been discovered so far? Ann Patchett writes convincingly that millions of unknown species of fish, birds, and insects remain to be discovered. See Patchett’s most recent novels, “Run” and “State of Wonder.” Both are wonderful stories. I’ve reviewed Run in some depth here, but haven’t gotten to State of Wonder. Not yet.
Fortunately, Personality: How It Forms will probably not arrive until Nov. 1. That gives me time do a redesign of “Work In Progress” (the blog, not the unfinished novel) and finish reading The Casual Vacancy.
What election?! Is there an election coming up?
– John Hayden
- J.K. Rowling’s “Casual Vacancy,” Book Review, Take 1 (johnhaydeninmd.com)
- Fans stand and cheer for author J.K. Rowling (metronews.ca)
- “People Have Sex In My Book But No One Enjoys It”: JK Rowling Vs. Fifty Shades Of Grey (contactmusic.com)
- J.K. Rowling Plays Family-Friendly Diva In Lincoln Center – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- J.K. Rowling Disses 50 Shades Of Grey! (perezhilton.com)